Israel's Pain-related Opioid Consumption Has Overtaken the US
Israel overtook the US in 2020 in the consumption of pain-relieving narcotics, including fentanyl, which is 50 times stronger than heroin, a new, 13-page, in-depth study at Jerusalem’s Taub Center for Social Policy Studies has reported, indicating a worrying trend.
Written by Prof. Nadav Davidovitch, Dr. Yannai Kranzler, and Oren Miron, the report presents the hard facts of pain narcotic consumption and its destructive effects.
The researchers suggest immediate actions be taken to cut consumption and the use of more medicine than clinically necessary, including safer alternatives for managing pain, improved accessibility to medical treatment, mental health, and social services, and reducing the stigma connected to the use and abuse of drugs.
International studies have shown that opioid consumption by outpatients is usually seen in younger patients who do not have serious conditions or illnesses.
The studies also found that since 2014, most of the increase in opioid consumption occurred among patients with a low socioeconomic status; meaning that young, healthy, and poor Israelis are among those contributing to the increased consumption of opioids. (JPost / VFI News)
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